Pittsburgh has informed USC transfer Kedon Slovis that he's going to be the starting quarterback, the team announced Wednesday.

Slovis beat out redshirt senior Nick Patti for the job. Slovis will replace Kenny Pickett, who led Pitt to the ACC title and emerged as a first-round pick last season.

Slovis, an Arizona native, comes across the country with a strong reputation. He made 26 starts in three seasons at USC, throwing for 7,576 yards and 58 touchdowns.